Friday, June 24, 2005

Friday Five and other things

I was so proud of my answer to a question on the site of a blogger named Jackal that I've copied them here:

I wonder if it is better to expect the worst and be proved right or to expect the best and be proved wrong?

Somewhere between expecting the best (optimism) and the worst (pessimism) is the balance called realism. If you're realistic, then if the worst happens you won't be too disappointed. If it turns out to be the best, then you can revel in the positive outcome.


I checked Jordan's blog today and the first sentence had me in stitches:

23 June 2005 at 01:12
Vanessa's dog walks wrong

I've just been watching it, sitting here in her dad's house. It moves both legs on one side at the same time instead of alternating like normal quadrupeds.

[Olivia's note: V's dog is called Dimanche. That's French for Sunday, but she is the unsaintliest canine I've ever met.]


Watched tennis today. Wimbledon is LOUD this year....No wonder - the Australians are there in full force, with beer and face paint. Talk about dragging down the neighbourhood...

Hewitt (AUS) vs Gimelstob (USA) - very interesting game. They keep up some amazingly long volleys, but I have never seen a player like Gimelstob. He doesn't run for the ball so much as launch himself at it. It's all a bit Mission Impossible. There are all these slow shots of him flying through the air, mouth open. This means that he hits the ground (and bounces) when he lands. I think he is inventing a new sport.


Friday Five: Childhood Revisited

1) What things did you enjoy as a child that you no longer do?
2) What things did you enjoy as a child that you still do today?
3) What things do you do now, that the child you were never thought you'd like?
4) If you could go back to one age and stay there for a while, what would it be?
5) If you could fast forward to an age (you do get to come back!) for a while, what would it be?

1) Playing badminton, saving insects from drowning in the bird bath, eating ice lollies.
2) Feeding my imagination.
3) Eat food.
4) My early 20s - a return to an age of innocence, before 9/11, before my family changed, before I left home. Then, I was surrounded by loving friends every day at university.
5) 50 years old. I'm curious about my children and where I live, and who I married. I also want to know what sort of career I've had.



Steliano Ponticos said...

Hopig for the best and preparing for the worst..wasn't this Sherlok Holmse's motto

Olivia said...

Possibly - Holmes was a notorious realist.

Steliano Ponticos said...

I watched Gimelstob..he should have been a football goalie, the way he dives at the ball

Steliano Ponticos said...

Do you know Sherlok Olivia :)

Olivia said...

Yeeeees, a goalie :D
It was too funny to watch on a tennis court.

Olivia said...

I wish! I read all of his stories and am ready to read them again.

Perhaps I do know him somewhat. My father used to call me a little Sherlock.

Steliano Ponticos said...

Here are my answers..ok

1)Acting stories that I read
3)Music, I hated music as a child.
4)70, if I'm still alive.
5)26 see how I am starting my career and come back to fix the mistakes

Steliano Ponticos said...

Little Sherlok..I really like this name.

Olivia said...

Really? You hated music? C'est dommage.

Number 5 is a good idea - to fix the mistakes. Sophos.

Steliano Ponticos said...

As a kid I couldn't bare music, because I couldn;t wait to see what it was would make me mad after two minutes

Steliano Ponticos said...

how come you didn't answer 5

Olivia said...

Ah, but music is for the moment, not to see the end of it. But you like it now, n'est-ce pas?
I can't help it, I was born with music and it is in my blood.

Olivia said...

Oops, I didn't answer 4. I got confused and thought 4 was 5 and .... ah. I will edit it right now.

Between you and me, we've already made 12...13 comments!

Steliano Ponticos said...

I love music now. I loved it when I understood I listen all day

Steliano Ponticos said...

Yes I know 13 comments and its 1 am

Olivia said...

Hey, you got number 4 and 5 mixed up...

Here it's midnight. And it's Saturday tomorrow!

Olivia said...

Wait, midnight means it's Saturday now.

Steliano Ponticos said...

No these are my real answers..and I hate 9/11. Before the news on TV was always about sports and fashion and art now all you see is politics and fighting..I hope things would be cool again.

Olivia said...

Hahaha! Steli, 4 is going back to an age, and 5 is fast forward to an age...
If you answer this you will be number 20! I've never had that many comments before.

Steliano Ponticos said...

ok I can't go back to age 70 nor to age I answered 4 two times..there is your 20th comment.

Steliano Ponticos said...

ok but this is real time blogging..the other time with Jia Li we made some 40 comments like this on Names

Olivia said...

Really? Let me check.

Well done for helping me to break my record. Here is your reward :P

Olivia said...

I checked and there were other people in the mix, but it must have been exciting to reach 41 comments. I have many visitors, but not everyone comments.

You, Jia Li, and Vanessa are my most faithful commenters.

Olivia said...

If I say bonne nuit now, and you also say bonne nuit, then it will be 25.

Bonne nuit Steliano! C'etait un soir trop drole ;)

Steliano Ponticos said...

Bonne nuit et merci a toi :P

The Angry Pig said...


You SHOULD be proud of your answer on Jackal's site......

You are very wise...... o great seer of London!

Olivia said...

Ooh, thanks angry pig!

Rami said...

Olivia & Steliano...use Messenger guys:)

1)playing soccer (now I just watch it)
2)Reading comic books (Tintin, Asterix&Obelix, Lucky Luke)
3)Using computers (I discovered late in life that they are useful)
5)same answer as yours…

Olivia said...

Rami, that is a good idea ;)

Wonderful, I remember all 3 of those comic books, but Tintin was the best! Especially Snowy the dog.

piano-3 said...

Hello Olivia
I missed ur blog so much : )

U watched tennis form the play ground I’m not on TV waw

Here r my answers to the 5 questions
1 playing sports when I was a child I played basketball but now I can’t even imagine my self holding the ball, and belly dancing .
2 watching TV , staying up so and very late doing what ever .
3 some types of music and certain singers, , my parents
4- when I was 3 years old I was the best looking baby ever and being a baby is always good
5- 70 if u r smart enough in this age u’ll know that we all r going to day sooner or later no big deal and that what happened is in the past so u don’t have any thing to worry about

Steliano Ponticos said...

wow piano great answers

rami as I said on my blog you are wellcome to real-time blog with us any time you want.

Steliano Ponticos said...

:) lol rami good one

Olivia said...

Hello Piano, I've missed you too. Thanks for visiting even though you haven't finished your exams.

Hahaha! I think we girls all preferred ourselves at 3 years old!
Mmmm, belly dancing, sounds like good exercise.

****Bonne chance avec le dernier examen lundi!!!****

Olivia said...

Steli, I once put a Tagboard up on my blog but no one used it. And I think it looked trop laide.

Steliano Ponticos said...

RTB is the future :)

Si je puis corriger ton francais Olive, il etait trop laid..a tagboard is a boy, I mean its masculin.

Jia Li said...

1) What things did you enjoy as a child that you no longer do? Umm, Climbing the rocks in the cove, Riding my bike around town

2) What things did you enjoy as a child that you still do today? Reading and painting

3) What things do you do now, that the child you were never thought you'd like?

Sticky rice, I had it once in Vancouver when I was 14 I think- and did not like it, and now I like

4) If you could go back to one age and stay there for a while, what would it be?

Easy 21, My 6 months in Ireland. A great time

5) If you could fast forward to an age (you do get to come back!) for a while, what would it be?

hmmm, I wounder. I do not know. I like where I'm at.

Anonymous said...

a little late, but here are my answers:

1-playing with ants. This was in france, so they weren't the fireants of TX.

2-reading, music, food.........

3- eating spicy food.

4- 23, the year i spent in France.
and 19-22- the UST years.

5-same as your answer

this was fun,

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